HOW TO BECOME A CHILD PSYCHOLOGIST
We all love our babies but one of the most difficult things to deal with is seeing your baby cry excessively because he or she is not feeling well. No parent wants to hear their child cry but it is the only way that your baby can communicate to you.
Your baby may be telling you that he or she is not feeling well. In some cases, a parent is able to pick up on what is wrong with their baby just by using their intuition. Whether you are a first time parent or not this article will teach you a few warning signs of a fever in a baby, how to read a thermometer, and what to do about it.
This is usually the first sign in being able to tell if your baby has a fever or not. In these cases, a baby’s cry is quite inconsolable regardless of what you try to do to comfort your baby.
You, as a parent, will try to do everything that you know to do to quiet your baby such as feeding him or her, playing, changing a diaper, and more but if all of those things do not work then your baby’s crying is considered excessive.
Another way to tell if your baby’s crying is excessive is if your baby cries harder and their face is pink or red after all of your attempts at soothing.
Change in Sleep Pattern
Only you know what your baby’s sleep pattern is like. Nothing throws off your baby’s sleep pattern like a fever does. Some babies are capable of sleeping through a fever and when it comes to their fever the parent may notice that the baby will sleep too much.
Depending on the baby, a fever may bother your child so much that sleeping is not an option thus leading to crankiness. When a baby is cranky from a fever then it may take longer for a baby to fall asleep or show signs of sleepiness if at all.
Change in Eating Habit
If you notice that your baby is fussy then one of your assumptions as a parent is that your baby might be hungry but what happens when you try to feed your baby? Your baby might refuse to eat no matter how hard you try or what you feed him or her.
Noticing a change in your baby’s eating habit is quite common when it comes to fevers in babies because there is always a reason as to why your baby refuses to eat and in this case it is because the fever is actively bothering your baby.
Warm or Hot Forehead
Just like an adult, a warm or hot forehead is a typical indication of a possible fever in a baby. All you really have to do is put the back of your hand up to your baby’s forehead.
How does it feel? If your baby’s forehead is warm, hot, or sweaty then there is a good chance that your baby either has a fever or one coming on.
It is important to note that this method should not be solely relied upon when deciding if your baby has a fever. In rare cases a baby’s forehead doesn’t always have to be hot because a baby has a higher internal temperature than an adult does.
Not Acting Like Themselves
As a parent, there is no one that knows your baby like you do. Because of that you may be sensitive to your baby’s actions and attitude towards everything. You may even notice a particular lack of interest that your baby has including not wanting to play, not smiling, or he or she may want to be picked up more than usual.
When your baby is generally independent. Basically, watch out for actions and red flags in your baby that may be different from the everyday norm. The best piece of advice in this area is to use your intuition. If something seems off to you then it usually is.
Fever in Baby
How to Use a Baby Thermometer
When checking your baby's temperature, you can use any baby friendly thermometer you wish but it is important to not use a glass thermometer because of its ability to break and mercury poisoning as a result.
A digital thermometer is recommended. Ababy rectal thermometer should be used to get the most accurate thermal temperature but regular thermometers can be used as well. Here is how to check a baby's thermal temperature using various thermometers:
- Rectal Thermometer
Make sure the end of the thermometer is cleaned with either rubbing alcohol or soapy, warm water. Before inserting into your baby's rectum be sure to use some petroleum jelly on the thermometer for easy insertion.
Positioning your baby is very important to ensure the reading goes smoothly. Have your baby lay on his or her tummy across your lap. Slowly start inserting the bulb. It should be inserted three quarters of an inch. Keep the thermometer inserted until you hear a beep.
To take a basic forehead reading just position the thermometer on your child's forehead preferably in the middle between hairline and eyebrow. With the press of a button your child’s temperature will show up.
Undress your baby from waist up. You simply put the thermometer under the baby’s armpit and since the thermometer has to be in full contact with the baby’s armpit cradling your baby will make this so much easier.
- Read a Thermometer
Regardless of which thermometer that you use if your baby's temperature reads anything above 100.4 degrees F then you baby DOES have a fever. Your baby DOES NOT have a fever if their temperature is between 90-100.4 degrees F which is a normal baby temperature.
It may seem scary and upsetting to imagine your baby potentially running a fever. Be sure to consult with your baby's pediatrician if your baby is running a fever. Meanwhile, there is something you can do to try to soothe your baby and make him or her a little more comfortable.
Hydration is very important throughout this time because of the risk of dehydration-then you will have a bigger problem on your hands. Giving your baby a bath in lukewarm water can help tremendously if your baby has a high fever. The lukewarm bath is a very safe attempt to bring the temperature down.
An alternative is to wet a washcloth and apply it directly onto baby’s forehead. If your child is older than 6 months and you get an ok from the pediatrician you can give your baby fever reducer medicine like children’s Tylenol in the correct dosage, preferably for a low-grade fever.